Standards Working Group
In 2007, as part of the reauthorization of the Head Start program, Congress called for revision of the Head Start Program Performance Standards. The Act required that the Secretary "ensure that any such revisions in the standards will not result in the elimination of or any reduction in quality, scope, or types of health, educational, parental involvement, nutritional, social, or other services required to be provided" (see below for additional text from the Head Start Act).
Since then, both the Office of Head Start and the Head Start field have wrestled with how to make the regulations more accessible while maintaining the full scope of Head Start and Early Head Start services to children and families. The standards represent both the Head Start guarantee of high-quality and a means of achieving it. Over 18 months, members of the Head Start Standards Working Group convened by NHSA worked through many of the tricky questions about standards revision. The Working Group was chaired by Aubrey Nehring, CEO of Audubon Area Community Services, Inc. in Owensboro, KY; Ruth Neale, Director of YM & YWHA of Williamsburg, Inc. Head Start in New York, NY; and formerly Lori Alvarado of the Kansas Head Start Association.
The Office of Head Start is expected to release revised Head Start Program Performance Standards for comment in the spring of 2015.
Working Group Members
Aubrey Nehring and Ruth Neale, Co-Chairs
Lori Alvarado, Former Co-Chair
|Anat Weisenfreund||Barbara Mainster||Barbara Pickney||Blair Hyatt||Blanca Enriquez|
|Carla Clark||Carla Unkefer||Carlotte Brantley||Cleo Rodriguez, Jr.||Damon Carson|
|Deb Ross||Dru O'Connor||Emmalie Dropkin||Gayle Kelly||Jackie Dedman|
|Jennifer Helseth||Karelia Harding||Kathryn Helsel||Linda Broyles||Marian Detelj|
|Marianne Miller||Marlene Midget||Marvin Hogan||Mary Hafner||Mindy Zapata|
|Nancy Hard||Patty Brown||Paul Behrman||Robin Britt||Vanessa Rich|
|Verna Thompson||Yasmina Vinci|
Watch a Webinar about the Recommendations
Check out a recording on NHSA's Youtube page
Read the Recommendations
Download the recommendations the Working Group made as the revised standards were being drafted
Visit our Performance Standards page to learn more about the impact of our recommendations and the current status of new Performance Standards!